Death penalty reforms must be an opportunity for positive human rights change — Amnesty International Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

NOVEMBER 3 — Amnesty International Malaysia welcomes the statement by the Malaysian government outlining its efforts  to amend Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and to provide courts with the discretion to spare lives when imposing the death penalty. The organisation encourages the Government of Malaysia to ensure that the proposed amendments will fully remove the mandatory death penalty and establish a moratorium on all executions as first critical steps towards abolition of the death penalty.

The announcement comes after a parliamentary reply by Law Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said on 30 October 2017,  stating that the first draft of the amendment has been completed by the Attorney General’s Chambers and is awaiting the approval of the cabinet.

The announcement comes after a parliamentary reply by Law Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said on 30 October 2017,  stating that the first draft of the amendment has been completed by the Attorney General’s Chambers and is awaiting the approval of the cabinet.

The organisation also welcomes the support of the Attorney General, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali  in giving the discretionary power to the judiciary in drug-related offences in a statement made on 31 October. Read more

Judges to get discretionary powers over death sentence, says Apandi

Source:The Malaysian Insight

The Attorney-General’s Chambers is ready to present to Parliament the draft bill to amend the Dangerous Drug (Bill) 2017 prescribing mandatory capital punishment for drug traffickers.

Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said the amendment would allow the judges to exercise discretion in meting out the mandatory death sentence.

He said the proposed amendments were drafted based on his experience as a judge.

“The amendments are from me and are based on my experience as a High Court and Appeals Court judge.

“Many judges find it difficult to pass the death sentence on offenders whom they feel do not deserve the punishment.

“But they have no choice because it is mandatory. Therefore, I propose that the government be more flexible and do not  discriminate against the offenders, “he told a press conference in Putrajaya today. Read more